Rabbi’s Message

I feel a profound sense of continuity, familiarity and warmth between the Temple Menorah congregational family and me.  Temple Menorah seeks to fulfill its religious and ethical goals by being a center for spiritual fulfillment, life-long learning, cultural enrichment, community leadership, social responsibility and lovingly entrusting our Jewish traditions from generation to generation.

You are welcome at Temple Menorah whether you worship in a Synagogue three times a day, attend one but once a year or, perhaps, not at all. Temple Menorah membership does not involve a test of devoutness. No one is regarded as “not religious enough” to belong. The role of Temple Menorah is to encourage its members to do good works and to uphold high moral principles without judging how many of these principles of Judaism are already observed. To Temple Menorah, membership is the vital life line of the community.

Take pride in your Jewishness and affiliate. Synagogue membership helps to identify oneself with the Jewish community, the most effective way of proclaiming devotion to the Jewish heritage. Affiliation lets you stand up and be counted as a Jew. No other organization – cultural, fraternal, philanthropic, does this so well. These organizations rely on the Synagogue for their strength and support.

In urging you to join a Synagogue, I mean any Synagogue. But I also think you will want to choose ours.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and to greet you by name as you walk through our doors.

Shalom!
Rabbi Gil-Ezer
rabbi@templemenorah.com